It was an unusual sight on Friday night at Judaism's most sacred site, the Western Wall. Near the blue-and-white Israeli flag, waving over the multitudes of Sabbath prayer-goers, a group of young adults were holding hands and dancing -- in complete silence.
In Exodus 25:8, G-d promises the Jewish people that if they build the Tabernacle, He will dwell amongst them. But isn't G-d already everywhere? And now that the Tabernacle and the Temples have been destroyed, where does G-d reside?
In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.
Being Jewish is not just about being Jewish my way. While I choose to pray only in spaces where there are no divisions based on gender, I know there are Jews for whom such a division is essential. And not just men.
The complexity of Jerusalem's Temple Mount appears insurmountable because demand to possess the world's most contested rock will in all likelihood continue unabated until a peaceful solution emerges from it.
This week, we are immersed in the days leading up to the most mournful day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av, which marks the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and the horrific degradation and loss of life that were wrought.
We are American rabbis from different denominations; we know there are different ways to be a Jew. We know that the ability to disagree civilly does not grow spontaneously. It takes many years of cultivating relationships and building trust through listening, sharing and working together.